The vaccine doesn't completely eliminate the risk of contracting the flu - on average, it's about 40 to 60 per cent effective at preventing the flu, largely depending on whether scientists have done a good job at predicting the strains in circulation that season. Luca Calanni first got sick early last week, and went to the doctor three days in a row before being taken to the hospital for fluids Wednesday, WKBW reports.
"Influenza B activates their own immune systems, attacks their own organs, especially the brain, and causes brain swelling", said Dr. Aditya Badheka. Her mother assumed it was merely "a bit bug - she'll recover from it", Phillips informed CNN, including, "There wasn't any signal that may've advised me that one thing was severely fallacious along with her".
"She was working round, having enjoyable, consuming usually, asking for snacks..." Her mother and father didn't assume a lot of it, because the little one's signs would enhance with over-the-counter medication.
However, on December 24, Jade's father, Stephen DeLucia, discovered his daughter unresponsive in her mattress and working a high fever.
"We want parents to know they should get a flu shot every season", she told CNN.
Jade is now awake and well, but she lost her vision, and doctors are ensured whether she will gain it back.
"It just hurts and it rips your heart out because you just want her to wake up", Phillips said. Her parents are now pushing awareness of the flu vaccine.
Czech, a pediatric neurologist, was brought in to consult on Jade's case.
Jade had contracted a strain of the flu called influenza B. It's spreading quickly across the country, which is unusual for this time of year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "They said our child might not ever wake up, and if she did, she might not ever be the same".
"It affected the part of her brain that perceives sight, and we don't know if she's going to get her vision back", Czech said. "In about three to six months, we will know". However then, Phillips observed that Jade wouldn't take a look at her favourite stuffed animal, a white unicorn, even when it was in entrance of her face.
The 2019-2020 flu season - which is already growing as much as be one of many worst the USA has seen in years - has been notably risky to children. "Whatever recovery she has at six months, that's probably all she will get".
Jade went home from the hospital on January 9.
Flu vaccines become available at the end of the summer, and the CDC recommends getting one by the end of October to protect against flu in the upcoming winter. Her parents reportedly didn't realize she needed another shot for the next flu season, and are urging people to not make the mistake they did and stay up to date with their vaccinations.